On Friday, December 2, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3010 with a vote of 253-167. This bill will radically reform the federal rule-making procedures to make them more complex and require additional analysis and justification for rules. Federal rules are developed to implement and explain federal legislation. Often major laws such as the recent Affordable Care Act leave important definitions and provisions to the regulatory process. The intent of this legislation is to make it much harder to produce regulations, particularly those that protect the public health, the environment, and workplace safety – areas that major businesses and industries feel are over regulated – and require agencies to choose the least costly rules. The Arc is concerned that this legislation could make it difficult to produce critical regulations and would weigh too heavily in favor of special interests who oppose many regulations that we have supported. The President has announced his intent to veto the legislation.